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    Afterwards, they continued the concert while I walked back to Joe's touring bus to wait for them to finish the show. That tour continued all the way through September and I stayed on tour halfway through August. But when the guys did a show in Silver Spring, Maryland, I took a bus ride out to see Renee and her family. You remember, Renee, don't you? Of course you do. Well, I got there too late on a Saturday night, so I rented a hotel room. I should say, the hotel management basically bent over backwards to make sure I had the best room available since by now everyone knew that I was Joe Jonas's fiancée.

    “So, Ms. Thomas, we have a great room available for you on the eighth floor. And for you, it's free of charge,” the concierge said, “here's your access card. Let us know whenever you need anything.”

    “Thanks, I will,” I responded as I took the card and headed for the elevator. As soon as I got up to my room I plopped down and sprawled out on the big king sized bed. From my position on the bed I reached for the phone that came in the room, dialed Renee's number and waited for her to answer.

    “Hello?”

    “Renee? Where are you?”

    “Brianna? I'm in Maryland again, visiting family. Where are you?”

    “I'm at a hotel in Baltimore. Can you meet me here? We need to catch up.”

    “Sure I'll be right there.”

    I stood up and began to unpack my bags. Once I'd finished, I sprawled back out on the bed with my song notebook. I stayed there writing until I got a call on the room phone from the front desk letting me know that Renee was on her way up. As soon as she got in the room, she saw me writing and said,

    “Emily told me that you had sung for her and that you had a great voice. I saw an ad for a coffeehouse downstairs tonight. You did say that we needed to catch up, what if we go and I can hear you sing?”

    “I don't know, I've never performed in front of anyone except family before. Not sure if I feel comfortable enough to do it.”

    “Oh, come on, you'll do fine.”

    It took some convincing on Renee's part, but finally she did. And we were then headed out to go for a walk around the Inner Harbor. As we walked, we talked about what had been going on in our lives since the last time we saw each other. Finally, she asked,

    “So, what's been going on with you and Joe?”

    “Well,” I fidgeted with my ring, “He, well, one night on tour about a month and a half ago, he asked me to marry him.”

    “Wow, Brianna, that's great news! Do you have a date yet?”

    “No, the wedding is still in the planning stages. Although, I think my mom and sister are starting to plan a shower for me.”

    “Hearing your big news, well, it makes me a little more nervous about the coffeehouse tonight. See, when I found out you were coming, I may have mentioned it to my brother. And I may have convinced him to play tonight, thinking that I might have been able to convince you to sing after what Emily told me.”

    “Ooh, I see what you mean. It could possibly be an awkward meeting since the last time I saw him was when I ended our engagement and now I'm engaged to someone else.”

    2 hours later, we walked back to the hotel cutting our trip short when a large group of people recognized me and began to gather around us. When we got back we went up to my room and she went next door to the room that I'd convinced the front desk to let her stay in. I started to get ready to perform. At 6, Renee called me to tell me that she was headed downstairs to see her brother and I told her I'd come down in a half hour. So, at 6:30, I picked up my guitar and walked to the elevator to ride it downstairs. When I got there, I saw Renee standing by the counter talking to the person serving food and drinks. I could also see Josh's drums set up over in the corner ready to be played but he was nowhere in sight. I set up my guitar in its stand right next to the drums, knowing full well that Josh would recognize it. I went over and stood by Renee until she half turned and said,

    “Hey, Bri! Look who showed up again.”

    I turned around and saw Josh right behind me. I stood there like a statue just staring at him. Finally, I managed to get out,

    “It's been a long time since I've seen you. How are you doing?”

    “I'm ok,” he tried to answer, “still trying to get over you. But I'm not sure how well that's working.”

    “Then it's probably a bad time to tell you that Joe asked me to marry him and I said yes.”

    “Oh, I was kinda hoping you might reconsider your answer to me.”

    “But I would love for us to still be friends just like I said before.”

    We moved over to where we'd both be playing later and sat and talked until a large crowd had started to form and the rest of the band was ready to start. I picked up my guitar and began to play with the band following. Then I began to sing the new song I'd written.

 

Here's the thing we started out friends

It was cool but it was all pretend

Yeah, yeah

Since U Been Gone

 

You dedicated you took the time

Wasn't long till I called you mine

Yeah, yeah

Since U Been Gone

 

And all you'd ever hear me say

Is how I pictured me with you

That's all you'd ever hear me say

 

But Since U Been Gone

I can breathe for the first time

I'm so moving on

Yeah, yeah

Thanks to you

Now I get

What I want

Since U Been Gone

 

How can I put it? You put me on

I even fell for that stupid love song

Yeah, yeah

Since U Been Gone

 

How come I'd never hear you say

I just wanna be with you

I guess you never felt that way

 

But Since U Been Gone

I can breathe for the first time

I'm so moving on

Yeah, yeah

Thanks to you

Now I get (I get) what I want

Since U Been Gone

 

You had your chance you blew it

Out of sight, out of mind

Shut your mouth I just can't take it

Again and again and again and again

 

Since U Been Gone

I can breathe for the first time

I'm so moving on

Yeah, yeah

Thanks to you (thanks to you)

Now I get, I get what I want

I can breathe for the first time

I'm so moving on

Yeah, yeah

Thanks to you (thanks to you)

Now I get (I get)

You should know (you should know)

That I get, I get what I want

Since U Been Gone

Since U Been Gone

Since U Been Gone

 

    I continued on to sing about 3 more songs. Afterwards I set my guitar down and walked over to the counter where Renee was standing while the band continued to play.

    2 and a half hours later, I hugged Renee and Josh good-bye and headed back up to my room. 3 days later, I got a call from my sister. I walked over to the window overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor. I pushed 'answer' and said,

    “Emily? What is it?”

    “Brianna, I did something I shouldn't have.”

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